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Oldest Member of Congress Says He Has COVID-19

Don Young, just elected to his 25th term, says he's 'feeling strong'

(Newser) - Rep. Don Young—the oldest member of either chamber of Congress—has announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. The Republican, 87, revealed the test results Thursday, a day after winning his 25th term in the US House. "I am feeling strong, following proper protocols, working from home in...

Longest-Serving Rep. Trails in Latest Poll

Newcomer Alyse Galvin leads Republican Don Young by one point in Alaska race

(Newser) - The longest-serving member of the House is trailing his Democrat challenger by one point, according to new poll numbers released by Alaska Survey Research. The Hill reports that 48% of likely Alaska voters say they will cast ballots for Republican Don Young, who has served since 1973, while 49% say...

Alaska's Don Young Apologizes for Slur

Congressman sorry for 'wetbacks' remark

(Newser) - Don Young didn't offer any half-apologies this time. After a day of withering criticism from his own party leaders, the GOP congressman from Alaska said he was sorry for referring to Mexican farm workers as "wetbacks" in a radio interview, reports the Anchorage Daily News . His statement:
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Alaska Lawmaker Doesn't Exactly Apologize for Slur

Rep. Don Young says 'wetback' used to be common, but no longer appropriate

(Newser) - An Alaska politician who referred to Mexican laborers as "wetbacks" earlier in the week says he "meant no disrespect" by the term, but stopped short of apologizing, reports the Anchorage Daily News . Rep. Don Young was giving a radio interview Tuesday when, in a discussion about the economy,...

Things Congress Talks About: Caribou Sex

Texas' Louie Gohmert says Alaskan pipeline is hot date meet-up

(Newser) - A Texas Republican congressman is adamant in his backing of the trans-Alaska pipeline, but not because of silly energy independence. No, we must keep the oil flowing for the sake of ... caribou romance. So argued Rep. Louie Gohmert, tongue perhaps in cheek, during a meeting of the House Natural Resources...

Suspicious Packages Hit Alaska Lawmakers

Mark Begich, Don Young both targeted

(Newser) - A day after a bomb squad had to blow up briefcases left at John Boehner's offices, more suspicious packages targeted two Alaskan lawmakers. A box containing a white powder was delivered to Democrat Sen. Mark Begich's Fairbanks office and opened by a staff member. Begich spokeswoman Julie Hasquet...

Alaska Rep. Disavows Twitter Impostor

Fake Don Young expounded on Obama, marshmallow fluff

(Newser) - Whoever’s been masquerading as Rep. Don Young on Twitter is an impostor, Fox News reports. “Congressman Young is NOT currently using Twitter,” said a spokesman. “The messages posted seem to be the work of someone with a little too much free time on their hands.”...

Alaska Rep. Earmarks Cash for Florida

Young channels funds to road project dear to campaign contributor

(Newser) - The New York Times blows the whistle on Don Young, the House's most notorious earmarker, who this time managed to slip in $10 million for a boondoggle that's not even in his home state of Alaska. A 2006 transportation bill mysteriously includes funds for a project in Florida that happens...

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